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The Kid from Cleveland (1949)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Sport  -  5 September 1949 (USA)
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Baseball team (the Cleveland Indians) helps a troubled teenaged fan.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Brent ...
Mike Jackson
Lynn Bari ...
Katherine Jackson
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Johnny Barrows (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Tommy Cook ...
Dan Hudson
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Emily Novak
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Carl Novak
K. Elmo Lowe ...
Dave Joyce
John Beradino ...
Mac
Bill Veeck ...
Bill Veeck - Cleveland Indians Owner and President
Lou Boudreau ...
Lou Boudreau - Cleveland Indians Infielder and Manager
Tris Speaker ...
Tris Speaker - Cleveland Indians Coach
Hank Greenberg ...
Hank Greenberg - Cleveland Indians Outfilder
Bob Feller ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher
Gene Bearden ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ...
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher (as Satchell Paige)
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Teen baseball fan Johnny Barrows sneaks into the baseball stadium of the Cleveland Indians, then playing in the 1948 World Series; claiming to be an orphan, he befriends team members & broadcaster Mike Jackson. But it develops that Johnny has a troubled home life with his mother and stepfather, and is involved in juvenile crime. His 'better side' shows only when he runs away to visit the team again. Can Mike and the Indians (playing themselves) wrest Johnny away from bad influences? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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5 September 1949 (USA)  »

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The ballpark shown on the "spring training" section of the movie is actually League Park in Cleveland (on the corner of E.66th and Lexington), which was the home of the Cleveland Indians from 1891 until 1946. When the movie was shot in the spring of 1949, the park was being used by high schools and amateur baseball teams in the spring and summer and high school and semi-pro football teams in the fall. Most of it was torn down in 1951, but small part still remains today as does the field itself, where little leaguer's now play where the greats of the game made their names. See more »

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Al Rosen (II) and members of the Boston Braves team in the archive footage are credited orally by the announcer. See more »

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For baseball fans a must
1 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Young Russ Tamblyn gets his first big break as a baseball crazy kid from Cleveland who is a devoted fan of the new World Series winners from 1948 the Cleveland Indians. Russ is having a lot of home issues with mother Ann Doran and stepfather Louis Jean Heydt and comes under the influence of street punk Tommy Cook.

However a counter influence develops when he sneaks into Municipal Stadium and meets up with manager/shortstop Lou Boudreau, owner Bill Veeck, Hank Greenberg who was now retired as a player and working in the Indians front office for Veeck and their team announcer George Brent.

It's Brent who takes an interest in the kid and takes him home to meet his wife Lynn Bari and their two daughters. Tamblyn has to make some critical life choices and we can only hope as viewers he does the right thing.

The movie itself is a decent and well played film about juvenile delinquency as seen in 1949 eyes. But it is a nice look back at the baseball scene of the time. Footage of the 1948 series and some regular season games are nicely integrated into the plot. The World Series film also gives us a chance to look at Braves Field which is no more in Boston as a big league ballpark. With the stands now down, the field serves as the playing ground for the Boston College team.

Such baseball Hall Of Famers like Greenberg, Boudreau, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Larry Doby, Joe Gordon and Satchel Paige do a fine job in playing themselves along with the other Indian ballplayers of the era. Come to think of it Bill Veeck is also in the Hall of Fame and I'm sure this film was part of his promotion which in the game of baseball was second to none.

The Kid From Cleveland is a decent enough family film, but for baseball fans especially from the Cleveland area, it's an absolute must.


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